Friday, January 11, 2013
The county health department is predicting a moderately severe flu season in Michigan during 2013.
Washtenaw County Public Health officials are urging residents to get inoculated for the influenza virus, warning that this year's flu season could be longer and more severe than previous years. Four children in Michigan have died already from complications associated with the virus. Joshua Polenha, 15, a student at Lake Fenton High School, died earlier this week, according to Fenton Patch. Across the state, 285 cases of influenza have been confirmed by state labs, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Eighty percent of those cases were due to the H3N2 strain of the virus, which health officials say can cause more severe symptoms, especially in children and older adults. "We are still not sure what the season will look like," Susan …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
West Nile Virus is often spread by mosquitoes during warm summer months.
The Washtenaw County Public Health Department is urging individuals to take common-sense precautions over the Fourth of July holiday to minimize mosquito exposure and protect themselves from West Nile Virus after the virus was identified in two Michigan counties this week. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, a mosquito pool was positively identified with West Nile Virus in Saginaw County. In addition, a wild turkey displaying signs of illness in Washtenaw County tested positive for the virus. “We stress prevention to avoid mosquito bites during outdoor events such as picnics, concerts, fairs and other outdoor activities this Fourth of July holiday,” said Kathy Forzley, manager of Oakland County Health Division. “The …
Friday, June 29, 2012
The Saline District Library is one of several Washtenaw County cooling stations.
Air conditioner on the fritz? Out and about and need to get out of the sun? Stop by the Saline District Library. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Washtenaw County. Washtenaw County has not issued its "Heatwave Response Plan" at this time. But it is encouraging residents to cool off at cooling stations, including libraries, around the county. "We are one of several official county cooling locations," said Leslee Niethammer, director of the Saline District Library. "Our library is a great place to cool down. Not only are we air conditioned, we offer so many things to do, so you don't just stare at a wall." Another local option to beat the heat is the Saline Rec Center, which is home to the community's only public …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The Washtenaw County Health Department is directing all retailers to stop selling synthetic designer drugs immediately.
Washtenaw County officials are putting the brakes on the sale of synthetic drugs in retail outlets after communities across Michigan and the state legislature have accelerated efforts to ban the substance. County public health officials are directing that merchants “immediately stop selling synthetic marijuana and other synthetic drugs including bath salts, according to a press release from the Washtenaw County Public Health Department. "In the event that individual merchants deliberately ignore the threat that these drugs pose, we will issue public health orders to enforce compliance. We think this is the best approach for our community,” Richard Fleece, health officer for Washtenaw County said. "Individual businesses that continue to …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Washtenaw County Public Health says people should not be alarmed, but that they should avoid contact with sick animals.
Four skunks have tested positive for rabies so far in 2012, according to Washtenaw County Public Health. All of the identified skunks have been within the City of Ann Arbor. There are no known human cases of rabies. The individuals and pets that had contact with the ill skunks have received or are receiving the rabies vaccination or booster. Washtenaw County Public Health recommends all area residents vaccinate their dogs and cats against rabies and avoid contact with wild animals or other potentially unvaccinated animals, such as stray or feral cats. Rabies is a virus usually transmitted from animal to animal. Humans can become infected through animal bites or other close contact. The rabies vaccine must be given after direct contact with…
Thursday, April 5, 2012
A University of Wisconsin study ranks counties across the country for mortality risk factors and overall health assessment.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Washtenaw County ranks first among Michigan counties in “health factors” according to the 2012 County Health Rankings report released this week. The high ranking is the result of multiple factors known to impact health – including health behaviors, social and economic circumstances, access to medical care, and the physical environment. This is the third consecutive year that Washtenaw County has received the top ranking. “We can be very proud of these results,” Richard Fleece, health officer for Washtenaw County Public Health. “It is a testament to the hard work and commitment not only of our local public health department, but also of the many partners and institutions that support opportunities for healthy living in our community.” The …